Église Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon

Église Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon

Église Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon

Église Sainte-Marthe de Tarascon
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Tom I
Middleton773 contributions
Visit while in Tarascon.
Apr 2017 • Couples
An interesting church across the street from the Chateau de Tarascon. Not over the top in design, it is noteworthy as the tomb of Saint Martha and being two churches in one. The present church is built over the original crypt.
Written April 11, 2017
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Geoff A
Houston, TX63 contributions
A surprise to learn that Martha is entombed here
Oct 2016 • Couples
Came across the reference to this church in planning for our trip. We found it at the website "Catholic Shrines in France." So glad we included a visit on our trip.

The church itself is remarkably well maintained, as if an army of Marthas have been at work for many years.

The tomb is in the crypt and was closed off by a grill during our visit. However, the space is clearly set up for devotions with chairs arranged in the space. The reliquary in an alcove may or may not contain a relic of Martha, but does impress the significance of the church. The statue of Martha to the left of the altar adds to the ambiance of devotion.

This church represents an important outpost for understanding the importance of southern France to the early history of Christianity. It may only be a legend, but one detects an air of calm and hospitality closely associated with Martha. Also, the church and the tomb are in a much better state of preservation than the basilica and tomb of Mary Magdalene in Saint Baume.
Written October 31, 2016
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Terry B
Texas271 contributions
Not to be missed
Oct 2016 • Family
The collégiale Royale Sainte Marthe de Tarascon is not to be missed. It is one of the most renowned sanctuary of southern France. Its construction started during the 12th century with additions untill the 18th century.
In the crypt lays Saint Martha's tomb and the church was huile above, when the tomb was discovered in 1187.
Thousands of pilgrims come from all over the world every year to celebrate Saint Martha, patron of hospitality. Martha , to whom the church in Tarascon is dedicated - the only one in Europe - is commemorated on July 29th by the Roman Catholic Church, as well as by the Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church and the Church of England.
Inside the church, which is opened every day, a magnificent collection of 17th century paintings by Mignard and Parrocel.
A legend relates that Martha then went to Tarascon Where the Tarasque, a dangerous
dragon half beast and half fish had become a threat to the village.
greater than an ox, longer than an horse, having teeth sharp as a sword, and
horned on either side, head like a lion, tail like a serpent, that dwelt between Arles and
Avignon. Holding a cross in her hand, Martha sprinkled the beast with holy water. Placing her sash around its neck, she led the tamed dragon through the village.
Martha died in Tarascon.
The dedication of the Church at Tarascon to St. Martha dates from the 9th century.
Her reliés were identified in 1187 and reburied in the Church crypt ina late 15th-century cenotaph. It is the work of Francesco Laurana a Croatian sculptor of the Italian School, commissioned by King René of Provence. At its base are two openings through which the relics could be touched. It bears three low reliefs separated by fluted
pilasters representing : on the left, Saint Martha and the Tarasque; in the
center, Saint Mary Magdalene born aloft by the angels; on the right, Lazarus
as Bishop of Marseille with his mitre and staff. There are two figures on
either side: on the left, Saint Front, Bishop of Perrigueux, present at the
funeral of Saint Martha, and on the right, Saint Marcelle, Martha's servant.
Written October 14, 2016
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Praetor N
Europe2 contributions
Do not forget the crypt!
Jul 2016 • Couples
You would not believe how important Tarascon has been in history until you'd visited this church (as well as the castle and some items in the centre and surroundings of the city).
Written August 22, 2016
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RayAnh72
Hong Kong, China664 contributions
For centuries a major draw for pilgrims
Jun 2016 • Friends
Sainte Marthe, buried here, was the sister of Lazarus and a disciple of Jesus-Christ, who came to these lands at the same time as the two Maries of Camargue fame. The church dates back to the 11th century and was revered as a pilgrimage site for centuries, with kings and other grandees visiting to pay their respect. Various plaques celebrate such visits by Louis XIV and others. When we visited, the majestic organ was used for practice, an imperfect but sufficiently proficient exercise to engulf the place with a fair bit of emotion
Written July 13, 2016
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Marilia Z
40 contributions
What a beautiful church!
Jun 2016
Beautiful Church, very well kept. There was a man playing the beautiful pipe organ. Some of the things at the church are really antique. Very nice!
Written June 12, 2016
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